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SBDC Success Story Right Here in NH

Posted: Mon, March 24, 2014
Iowa Small Business Development Center

The business owners and entrepreneurs that they assist are the driving force behind Iowa's economic growth.  SBDC personnel are very dedicated and diligent and always do their best to help Iowa's businesses to flourish and grow. Each entrepreneur is unique and has a great story to tell.  Be sure to check out each company's website or Facebook page for even more information.  Here is a success story from New Hampton!

Mobile Ag Repair, New Hampton

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at the University of Northern Iowa helped Jason Shatek update his business plan, prepare necessary financial projections, and find sources of capital to fund needed updates of his existing mobile agricultural equipment repair business.

After working for seven different farm equipment dealers in two different states as an agricultural machinery technician, Jason Shatek decided there was very little chance for advancement in his chosen occupation. So he decided to create his own advancement by starting his own machinery repair service nearly five years ago in New Hampton, Iowa.

The large farming machines used today are difficult to transport to a dealer's shop. They are usually loaded on a semi-trailer truck, hauled to the dealership, repaired, and hauled back to the farmstead. Such transportation expense can be considerable. When competing with major-line, multi-location farm equipment dealerships, Jason knew he needed to serve a niche and have a strong competitive advantage, so he developed a repair shop on his service truck and took his business on the road. Jason began offering on-farm services to a multi-county area based around New Hampton.

Jason has grown his Mobile Ag Repair business since 2007 by offering high-quality, on-the-farm services specializing in John Deere equipment, but also providing services to all colors and makes of ag machinery. Entrepreneurship is contagious, evidenced by Jason's wife, Joy, who started her own business. The couple also buys and sells autos and farm equipment; taking care of rental properties consumes the rest of the couple's spare time.

Even though Mobile Ag Repair had been experiencing steady growth, the recent sluggish economy carried through into the farm economy, making it difficult for Jason to expand. Continual innovations in machinery technology requires education, shop manual updates, and test equipment.

Jason began to search for sources of capital to fund needed updates and was referred to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Northern Iowa. SBDC consultant Rich Petersen explained various funding programs and Jason decided to go with the Iowa MicroLoan program. The SBDC provided assistance in preparing his company's loan application, updating the company's business plan, and preparing the necessary financial projections.

The company's Iowa MicroLoan application was approved so Jason made his updates and successfully expanded and improved his business.

Jason said the business planning process with the SBDC was very helpful in developing growth strategies for the future of his business. When asked about the biggest challenges of business ownership, Jason replied, "Being the boss is nice, but some days, when working alone, it's hard to get motivated. It's easy to get distracted." According to Jason, "The SBDC has been very helpful in answering our questions and preparing a financial strategy. The program is a tremendous asset to the small business community."

For more information on Jason's services, visit www.iowamobileagrepair.com.

**If you are looking for assistance with your small business, visit: http://www.iowasbdc.org/home or contact New Hampton Economic Development, 394-2437.
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Drug Free Workplace Supervisor Training

Posted: Mon, March 10, 2014
Pathways Behavioral Services will be providing a two hour Drug-Free Workplace Training for Supervisors — Free of Charge!

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Place: New Hampton Economic Development Office
      112 East Spring Street New Hampton, IA 50659

For more information or to register contact Nora Kurtovic or Vicki Mueller at Pathways Behavioral Services at 319-235-6571 or E-mail: nkurtovic@pathwaysb.org.

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NICC Spring Classes

Posted: Thu, February 13, 2014
NICC is offering the following classes in New Hampton:

Microsoft Excel 2010 Fast-Paced - Level 2  (#27445)

Dates/Times: Tuesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 27, 2014 I 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Computer Lab
Instructor: Jeff Meinecke
Cost: $129
Description:  This intermediate-level class introduces more features of Microsoft Excel 2010, building on Level 1. Students will learn to create large worksheets and workbooks, tables, outlines and templates. They will also practice inserting clip art, pictures, SmartArt and digital signatures. An illustrated textbook is included in the cost of the class.
Microsoft Word 2010 Fast-Paced - Level 2  (#27442)

Dates/Times: Tuesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 10, 2014 I 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Computer Lab
Instructor: Jeff Meinecke
Cost: $129
Description: Now that you know the basics, you are ready to learn more complex Word skills including newsletter columns, WordArt and clip art, document themes, styles, picture editing, Mail Merge, footnotes and endnotes, headers, footers, templates, tables of contents and indexes and more. An illustrated textbook is included in the cost of the class.
Creative Memory T-Shirt Quilt (#27370)

Dates/Times:  Wednesday,March 19-April 2, 2014
Location: Quilter's Window
Instructor:  Denise Sinwell
Cost:  $29
Description: Need a graduation gift?  Have an overcrowded dresser drawer of keepsake t-shirts?  Then create a t-shirt quilt!  Bring 9 logo t-shirts for a small lap quilt or 20 shirts for a full sized quilt, and learn to prepare the shirts and assemble your 'Twist and Shout' quilt, using the pattern from You Did What? With My T-shirts.

To register for any of these classes, visit:  www.nicc.edu/solutions or call Diane at 641-229-0931.

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Northeast Iowa Small Business Development Center

Posted: Tue, January 28, 2014
Steve Horman from NICC's Small Business Development Center will be in New Hampton on February 4th.

Steve provides free, one-on-one business counseling services to start up and existing businesses in almost every area imaginable (i.e. business planning, marketing, financing, personnel management, import/export assistance, and succession planning).

For an appointment with Steve on February 4, contact Tammy or Megan at the Economic Development office at 394-2437 or nheconomic@windstream.net.  

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2nd Annual New Hampton Career Fair

Posted: Tue, January 21, 2014
Join us for our 2nd Annual New Hampton Career Fair!

We would like to have your participation in the New Hampton Career Fair.  The career fair will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at New Hampton High School gym.  The career fair will run from 9-11 am; noon - 2 pm.  You may begin setting up at 8 am.  Please be there and setup by 9 am as that is when students will arrive.  The high school will provide tables but you are welcome to bring any equipment/supplies you have of your own.  We encourage each employer to bring a handout that has all the employment positions you have at your place of business and if there is any schooling/training needed to obtain these jobs.  Attached are a couple examples.

Each class, 8th - 11th will have a scheduled time to attend the career fair.  It will be mandatory that every student (325 students) attend.  We have also invited Turkey Valley, Sumner-Fredericksburg, and Riceville high school students to join us.  Students will be required to talk with 2-3 employers and fill out a worksheet about what they learned. 

We would like to achieve the following:

o    Give area businesses the opportunity to give an overview of what their business entails to students.

o    Give area businesses the opportunity to recruit summer interns (if applicable)

o    Give area businesses the opportunity to inform students of employment opportunities in New Hampton with a high school degree, 2 year degree, or 4 year degree

o    Identify skills necessary for general employment and specific careers

o    Identify education (high school/post secondary) necessary for general employment and specific careers

This is your opportunity to get students to return to New Hampton after graduating from college.

We think this would be a great opportunity for our students to see and hear about what the New Hampton Business Community has to offer.

Please let Megan or Tammy know by Friday, February 28, 2014 (at the phone number or email below) if you will be taking advantage of this opportunity!

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On Site Job Fair

Posted: Tue, December 10, 2013
On Site Job Fair

ATEK Precision Casting
2205 Rusty Kennedy Rd, New Hampton

Thursday, December 12
1:00-3:30 pm
Interview and plant tours will be offered

For more information, call 563-382-2119

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Iowa Ranked 3rd Best Run State

Posted: Tue, December 3, 2013
The Best & Worst Run States in America

Iowa ranked 3rd best run state.  To read the full article go to:

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Giving Tuesday

Posted: Tue, November 19, 2013
How will you give on #GivingTuesday?

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is excited to announce their 2013 #GivingTuesday Facebook contest.  #GivingTuesday is December 3, the Tuesday immediately after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.  The idea is to remind folks the importance of giving back after the weekend shopping blitz.

Below you will find contest details:

1.  On December 3, 2013, GIVE. Give of your time, your talent, your resources. Give what you can, big or small, to any cause you care most about.
2.  Document your giving! Take a photo or short video and upload it to CFNEIA Facebook page. Submissions must be published on their page between 12:00am and 11:59pm CST on December 3, 2013.
3.  Three winners will be selected to make a $500 grant in their honor to the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of their choosing in CFNEIA's 24 county service area (all of Northeast Iowa, including Chickasaw County).

Check out the official #GivingTuesday website to learn more about the national movement and why it's important.
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TriMark's Part-time Job Fair

Posted: Fri, October 25, 2013
On Monday, October 28, from 9 AM to 2 PM,  TriMark will be hosting a PART TIME sign up day.  Labor Ready will be there to sign up local candidates that are interested in working at TriMark part time.  They are looking for anyone 18 years of age or older who can commit to part time hours on a regular schedule.  Candidates must provide two forms of ID, take a drug test and pass their background check.
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Chickasaw County Community Foundation Grant

Posted: Wed, October 16, 2013
The Chickasaw County Community Foundation grant is now available!  Go to:  https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?urlkey=cfneia  and log in to apply.  You must apply online.  Applications will be taken through December 31, 2013.

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Strengthening Families Program

Posted: Fri, October 4, 2013
Do you have a child in your life between the ages of 10-14?  A son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild?  Do you wonder how you can help them now be successful in the future?  Do you want to maintain a positive relationship with this young person during the challenging teen years?  

Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is coming to New Hampton this fall, starting Monday, October 28 and is a proven, effective family program that promotes positive communication, family bonding and joint problem solving skills that is recognized across the country for its positive impacts on children, families, and communities. The seven-week FREE program is being offered to any student 5th-8th grade and their families Monday nights, 5:30-8:00PM, from October 28 through December 9.

The program begins with a FREE meal for the family at 5:30PM. FREE childcare is provided for younger siblings during the two-hour program. During the first hour of the program the parents and youth meet separately, but work on similar skills. During the second hour, parents and youth have fun together as they play games and do family projects.

Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is a wonderful program for the families that participate and for the community as a whole. If you are interested in learning more about the program, as family interested in participating or looking to provide support for the program either through funding or donations of supplies, please contact Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Chickasaw County at 641-394-2174.

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Did you Know?

Posted: Wed, October 2, 2013
Did you know...

-There was a 10% growth in Iowa's exports in 2012 (more than double the U.S. growth rate of 4.6%)
-Manufacturing employment gained 7,000 jobs in 2012, the highest of any industry in Iowa
-Iowa has the 5th lowest unemployment rate in the Nation
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Did you Know?

Posted: Mon, September 30, 2013
Did you know. . .

Iowa ranks among the top five best run states
Iowa's economy had a 13.8% growth rate over the last five years
Iowa's 2012 GDP was $152 Billion
Iowa's economy had 3rd highest growth rate in per capita personal income
State retail sales tax revenues grew nearly 5% in 2012 (the highest they have been in 5 years)

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Dream Big, Grow Here

Posted: Tue, September 17, 2013
Enter now in the Dream Big Grow Here grant contest. This is an opportunity for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current firm. Entrants compete online for a chance to win a $5,000 regional grant.  Click on the link:  www.dreambiggrowhere.com for more information.

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Job Fair

Posted: Tue, September 17, 2013
Manpower, out of Mason City, will be holding a job fair in the New Hampton Library on Thursday, September 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  They are looking for general production workers in the New Hampton area.  If anybody has any specific questions, they can contact the Decorah Iowa office at (563) 382-2119 or the Mason City office at (641) 421-7430.
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New Hampton-NICC Classes

Posted: Fri, September 6, 2013
The following, are classes that NICC is offering in New Hampton this coming fall.  To sign up, click on the name of the class & that will take you to the web site you can register on.  If you have any questions or have any suggestions for upcoming classes, contact Stephanie Dennler at 563-562-3263 x219 or by email dennlers@nicc.edu.

Drawing: Faces and Figures
Dates/Times: Mondays, October 14-November 4, 2014 I 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Room 206
Instructor: David Prehm
Cost: $99
Description: A drawing class for everyone. Come and explore techniques that will relieve the anxiety of doing portraits and sketching the human form. Demonstrations and studio time will focus on proportion of shapes and explore the media of pencil, charcoal and Conte'. All skill levels welcome! Supplies are included in the cost of the class.

Microsoft Excel 2010 Fast-Paced - Level 1
Dates/Times: Tuesday, Oct 15 and Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 I 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Computer Lab
Instructor: Jeff Meinecke
Cost: $129
Description: This class is for users with little or no experience with Microsoft Excel 2010. Students will learn about the new Ribbon interface and practice data entry and editing, selecting cells and ranges and formatting cell contents. An introduction to creating charts, using formulas and printing worksheets is also included. An illustrated textbook is included in the cost of the class.

Microsoft Word 2010 Fast-Paced - Level 1
Dates/Times: Tuesday, Oct 22 and Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 I 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Computer Lab
Instructor: Jeff Meinecke
Cost: $129
Description: Microsoft Word 2010 is designed to help you create professional quality documents. With the finest document formatting tools, Word helps you organize and write your documents more efficiently. Microsoft Word 2010 also includes powerful editing and revising tools so that you can collaborate with others easily. The templates, including basic resumes, job-specific resumes, agendas, print business cards, and faxes will make these tasks seem effortless.  An illustrated textbook is included in the cost of the class.

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Critical Access Hospital Program

Posted: Fri, August 30, 2013
A couple weeks ago, the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report with recommendations to modify and substantially constrain the Medicare "Critical Access Hospital" (CAH) program.  CAH is a federal designation under which most small, rural hospitals like Mercy - New Hampton operate and are paid our "reasonable costs" for serving Medicare patients.  The effect of the recommendations, if approved by Congress and the President, would cost the typical small rural hospital over $1 million annually and seriously threaten the viability of 70% of rural hospitals in the country including Mercy - New Hampton.  The further consequence would be a substantial reduction in the availability of health care services throughout rural areas of the country and of course a serious economic blow to hundreds of small communities.  

Senators Grassley and Harkin have already gone on record as opposed to the proposal, but it is vitally important that they and Congressman King hear from us on this issue in the weeks and months ahead.  This is an issue that the 80% of Americans who live in urban areas don't care about, so we who live in rural areas must let our opinions be known.  

Thanks in advance for your awareness and assistance in contacting our federal representatives.  If you have any questions, you can contact Bruce Roesler at Mercy Medical Center-New Hampton, 641-394-1634.

Click on the link for a recent news article regarding this:  http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013308270051

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Veterans Employment Specialist

Posted: Fri, August 23, 2013
A Veterans' Employment Specialist will be at the New Hampton Economic Development Office, 112 East Spring St.; September 5, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Services available include job coaching, vocational counseling, and referrals to employment, training and education opportunities. There is no charge for these services.

For an appointment or more information dial: (563) 556-5895, Ext. 104, or toll-free in Iowa: 1-866-227-9874.

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New Hampton Rotary Computer Recycling

Posted: Thu, August 1, 2013
New Hampton Rotary will be holding their computer recycling in cooperation with Goodwill Industries and Dell.  It will take place Friday, August 16 from 4-6 pm and Saturday, August 17 from 9 am - noon in the CARQUEST parking lot (corner of Main & Linn).

Please be considerate of their host & volunteers and only drop off the following items during the scheduled time.

The following items are recycled at no cost:

Monitors - If the glass is broken, place the monitor in a cardboard box lined with a large plastic garbage bag.  Seal the box and clearly label it with "broken monitor" and the date.
Computers (desktop & laptop)
Printers Including laser & inkjet
Scanners - If the glass is broken, place the scanner in a cardboard box lined with a large plastic garbage bag.  Seal the box and clearly label it with "broken scanner" and the date.
Hard Drives (external or internal) - Dell and Goodwill Industries do not accept liability for lost or confidential data or software.  You are responsible for backing up any valuable information and erasing sensitive data from the hard drive before dropping it off.  (If you want to completely erase the hard drive, you can find a number of free services available online.)
Ink & Toner Cartridges (full or empty)
Keyboards and Mice (wired or wireless)
Microsoft Xbox and Zune systems & peripherals
Cords & Cables including power & USB cords
Microsoft-branded webcams
Speakers with or without cables
Software (please include license key)

Questions?  Call Patricia Ipsen at 394-2184 or Mike Babcock at 641-257-9915

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Project Playworks Volunteers!

Posted: Tue, July 30, 2013
Volunteers are needed to put the final touches on the New Hampton Rotary Club's renovation of the Wooden Wonderland.  The northwest section of the park is completed with new equipment, a poured rubber surface and new swings.  The attention is now on the remainder of the park where installation of slides and cargo net are needed with many other small improvements. A work night has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 6 starting at 4:00 p.m. and continuing through the evening.  Volunteers who are skilled to assist with installation of equipment are encouraged to bring their own tools.  Non-skilled volunteers should plan to bring work gloves and a metal rake. If you are able to help, please contact Jenny Monteith at 394-1626 as supper will be provided and we would like to have an approximate count of workers.
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Veterans' Employment Specialist

Posted: Thu, July 25, 2013
A Veterans' Employment Specialist will be at the New Hampton Economic Development Office, 112 East Spring St.; August 7, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Services available include job coaching, vocational counseling, and referrals to employment, training and education opportunities. There is no charge for these services.

For an appointment or more information dial: (563) 556-5895, Ext. 104, or toll-free in Iowa: 1-866-227-9874.

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Join the Fun! Get Colored!

Posted: Thu, July 25, 2013
New Hampton Industrial Park Tie Dye 5K Run/Walk

The New Hampton Industrial Park Businesses along with New Hampton Park & Rec. is
hosting a Color Run/Walk on Saturday, August 24th! We can't wait to join the craze and
get colored! The race will be ran around the Industrial Park walking trail and road. You
will be blasted with color at each Character Counts Pillar, and all proceeds go directly to
the "Chickasaw County Child Abuse Prevention Council"!

For more information - see the attached flyer below!  But hurry, the early sign up deadline is fast approaching! 

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#11 Iowa

Posted: Mon, July 15, 2013
In CNBC's Top States ranking, Iowa moved up one spot to 11th in the nation. Iowa also ranks in the top 10 for Economy and Business Friendliness.


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Cooking For The Cause

Posted: Mon, July 8, 2013
To help raise funds for the New Hampton Veterans Memorial, Security State Bank will be holding a "Cooking for the Cause" event this Friday, July 12 from 11 am - 1:30 pm in the parking lot next to the bank.  This is a free-will donation event.  The event will feature burgers, hot dogs, brats, chips, and ice cream.  Security State Bank is donating all the food so all the proceeds will go towards the Memorial.
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Before & After School Program

Posted: Tue, June 18, 2013
St. Joseph Community School recently announced that its before and after school care program will be available to both its students and those from New Hampton Community Schools this coming school year.

Their service is available in the morning from 6:30 to 8 am and in the afternoons from after school to 6 pm.  Students that are not enrolled at St. Joe's would be able to use one of the buses that drop students off at the school to get back to the public school in time for classes.  On Wednesdays, with the scheduled one-hour early dismissals, the program would begin at dismissal time.  Morning fees are a flat $3 per student; afternoon fees will be $2 per hour.

School officials would like to gauge the interest in this offering in order to best plan for staff and facility needs.  Those who are interested can call the St. Joe's office at 394-2865.  There is no obligation to use the service if you indicate that you are interested.

*Article courtesy of NH Tribune.
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FedEx Launches Seventh Annual Small Business Grant Contest

Posted: Wed, February 20, 2019

FedEx Launches Seventh Annual Small Business Grant Contest

$220,500 in Total Cash and Prizes Up for Grabs in 2019 Contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn., February 19, 2019—FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) today announced the launch of its seventh annual Small Business Grant Contest. This year, the contest offers grants and services to ten U.S. based small businesses, distributing a collective prize pool of $220,500—the largest sum since the contest was established in 2012. In addition to the grants, winners will also receive an additional dollar amount in credit to use towards FedEx Office print and business services to help run their businesses, as well as packages designed to help them with website optimization, design thinking, social media, and print expertise. Specifically, the 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest prize packages include:

       Grand prize: One (1) winner of $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office® print and business services

       Silver prize: One (1) winner of $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services

       Bronze prize: Eight (8) winners of $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services

"We know it's difficult for even the most promising of small businesses to grow and scale, especially at the beginning of their lifecycle" said Scott Harkins, senior vice president, Customer Channel Marketing at FedEx. "That's why we are proud to offer our top ten winners so much more than just the funds to help them grow their businesses. This year, our winners will receive much needed expertise and advice on some of the most fundamental and critical aspects of building a viable and sustainable business - and we will stay on with them as a trusted advisor as they take their businesses to the next level."

The 2018 contest garnered nearly 665,000 votes and attracted more than 7,800 candidates from across the United States. Grand Prize winner Rumi Spice, a small Chicago-based business that sources and brings to market premier saffron from the fields of Afghanistan, was founded by former Army officer Keith Alaniz and two friends who, while serving in the war-torn country, realized the need to provide economic alternatives to opium farming for the Afghan people. In the year since they took home the grand prize in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, Rumi Spice has used their winnings to greatly improve their supply chain logistics, as they transport the saffron out of Afghanistan and bring it to Chicago where it is then packaged and sent to Michelin star restaurants and consumers all over the US.

 Over the past seven years, 24,000 businesses have entered the contest in the United States alone. The contest has now grown from one country to eleven countries and the grant pool for the US contest has grown from $50,000 to $220,500 in total cash prizes.

The 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is open to U.S.-based for-profit small businesses that have less than 99 employees and have been operating for six months or more. To enter, participants must visit www.fedex.com/grantcontest and enter their contact information, write a short profile about their business and upload four photos of their business or product, including their logo. While not required, participants also have the option of submitting a 90-second "elevator speech" video to supplement their entry.

The contest entry period is open from February 19 to March 25, 2019, with voting to take place from February 27 to April 1, 2019.  Following a judging period, winners will be announced on April 29, 2019 at www.fedex.com/grantcontest.
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New Hampton Showcase of Homes

Posted: Mon, January 21, 2019

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Thanksgiving Garbage Pickup

Posted: Fri, November 16, 2018
Garbage pickup for the week of November 12th is as follows:
Tuesday's Residential will be normal (Nov. 20)
Thursday's Residential will be moved to Wednesday, Nov. 21st. Please have all materials out by 5:00am for collection. Happy Thanksgiving!
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